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2015 – June – The Craig and Niddry Castle

Simon and I went up Binney Craig.
I’ve lived here for about 10 years and I’ve never been there before – in fact, I didn’t even know how to get there.

For those not in the area, it’s a volcanic outcrop and local legend has it being one of the four rocky tumescence formed when the Edinburgh volcano erupted. These outcrops are supposed to follow (roughly) the points of the compass.

Doing what we do so you don't have to
Doing what we do so you don’t have to
Binney Craig
Binney Craig 

Niddry Castle is a private dwelling in West Lothian. It’s spent most of the time that I’ve been here under scaffolding during it’s refurbishment.

We’d left the Craig and was just looking for something else to do (we can be so good at planning) and stumbled across the castle.
This is shot just after sundown and has no additional illumination

Evening Castle
Evening Castle

2015 – The Kelpies

The Kelpies are sculptures found at The Helix, Falkirk.

The two giant horses heads, sculptures by Andy Scott, stand about 30 meters tall and weighs approximately 300 tonnes.
More information on the Kelpies can be found at The Helix website

For such large items, they are pretty difficult to take photo’s of. The area is a photographers night mare – but a clone tool users dream!

Everywhere you look, there is something detracting in the image, from overhead high-tension transmission lines, to motorway signs, to vomit-ugly buildings.

It’s only after getting home and looking at the images subjectively, I realised just how emotionally detached I am from them. I have no compulsion to  spend  hours cloning out power lines and ugly builds, and I take my hat off to people that do. And as for finding a new angle to shoot them from … well, mights as well bark at the moon.

This isn’t to say that there is anything wrong with them, it’s just from my point of view, their just there. I don’t think I would be too upset if I didn’t photograph them again.

I shot both sculptures from different angles, and these are the shots that I am happy with; both are very tight in-camera crops – to get rid of the background clutter – and both have had minimal post production work